Before we know it, some of us will be making our (cue: scary music) New Year’s resolutions. My New Year’s resolutions always includes new fitness trends to try! According to the The American College of Sports Medicine survey, the top two fitness trends for 2014 are high-intensity interval training, such as P90X and CrossFit, and body-weight training such as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and planks. More than 3,800 fitness professionals who work in commercial, clinical, community and corporate gyms and health clubs identified the top 20 fitness trends worldwide for next year. They selected those trends from 38 potential choices. This is the eighth year of the survey.
Surprisingly three of my favorites; Zumba, spinning, and kickboxing did not make the top 20!
Here are the other trends on the top 10 list for 2014, released in the November/December issue of the ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal via USAToday.com:
• Employment of educated and experienced fitness professionals. Most gyms are requiring trainers to have a national certification from an accredited group, Thompson says. “In the past, people could just walk in a gym and say they were a personal trainer, and all they had to do was look good in a pair of tight shorts and Spandex. Today, fitness professionals have to be educated and have experience.”
• Strength training. The exercises can be done at the gym or at home with free weights, machines or tried-and-true calisthenics. Weight training will really enhance your workout, Thompson says.
• Exercise and weight loss. “For decades we have been preaching that you have to have a sensible diet and exercise to lose weight effectively and maintain the weight loss,” Thompson says.
• Personal training. “It has been popular for a long time, but we are seeing a slight decrease in the one-on-one training, and now it’s changing to small-group personal training,” Thompson says. “People still want the personal attention.”
• Fitness programs for older adults. Many fitness professionals are creating age-appropriate fitness programs to keep older adults healthy and active. Some gyms are catering to older members during their slower times such as from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thompson says. Gyms may turn down the loud music and stop the flashing lights and offer programs for these adults, he says.
• Functional fitness. This is closely related to special fitness programs for older adults. The goal of this trend is to use strength training to improve balance, coordination, endurance and people’s ability to perform activities of daily living such as carrying the groceries, reaching for things, getting in and out of chairs and the car, and going up and down the stairs, Thompson says. “These exercises imitate activities of daily living.”
• Group personal training. Personal trainers who work with two or four people can offer deep discounts to each member of the group.
• Yoga. It utilizes a series of specific body postures practiced for health and relaxation. “The yoga instructors are really smart. They change their yoga routine enough that it remains attractive to participants,” Thompson says.
Other trends in the top 20: exercise for the treatment and prevention of obesity in children; work site health promotion; core training; outdoor activities; circuit training; outcome measurements (track outcomes to make sure the program is working); wellness coaching; sport-specific training; worker incentive programs; boot camp.